how long would it take to cycle 5,000miles?

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Found 1st Feb 2011
im just wondering if you got on your bike and headed off round flat terrain for 5,000 miles how long would it take a fit young person roughly?

how far would a person go in a day roughly and how often would you rest?
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one way to find out lol
65 miles a day, 30 days in a month.... approx 2.7 months
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hm just so happens that seems to be the rough distance of the british coastline which is not what i was reffering too
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Babbabooey

65 miles a day, 30 days in a month.... approx 2.7 months



Should easily do more than 65 miles a day. Reckon an average of 15mph for 8-10 hours a day is possible.
25 days?

Going off a average speed of say 20mph, for 10hours each days.
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sven256

25 days?Going off a average speed of say 20mph, for 10hours each days.



lol that seems a touch optimistic, im think more european coastline, im thinking coastline as it would be flatter,

i was thinking roughly 100miles a day, 5 days a week, so about 10weeks, but dont know if thats a touch optomistic
master_chief

Should easily do more than 65 miles a day. Reckon an average of 15mph for … Should easily do more than 65 miles a day. Reckon an average of 15mph for 8-10 hours a day is possible.



I just Googled and saw 5000miles.co.uk/
50 - 80 miles per day dependant on your fitness and what the trip is for. up hill sections and nice surroundings could make it more aorund 40. Rest every 1-2 hours.



British coastline is not 5000 miles, its as long as a piece of string...

50 miles/day on roads. 30 miles/day off-road. More is easily possible but when you average it out including rest-days etc thats a reasonable amount.
Edited by: "jah128" 1st Feb 2011
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anyone know if you could actually plot a route on the european coastline from lets say calais to athens?
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jah128

British coastline is not 5000 miles, its as long as a piece of … British coastline is not 5000 miles, its as long as a piece of string...50 miles/day on roads. 30 miles/day off-road. More is easily possible but when you average it out including rest-days etc thats a reasonable amount.



aye it depends how wiggly you make it i suppose
joeprosho

hm just so happens that seems to be the rough distance of the british … hm just so happens that seems to be the rough distance of the british coastline which is not what i was reffering too



what are you referring to? where are you planning on going?
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manc80

what are you referring to? where are you planning on going?



see post 12, ive just thouhgt about it for a while have a lot of time to kill really and not a lot to do
whatsThePoint

I'm sure if a non athletic eddie izzard could run a marathon a day for … I'm sure if a non athletic eddie izzard could run a marathon a day for over a month a fit person could cycle well over 80 miles a day



but as i pointed out it depends what the trip is for! for an enjoyable trip these figures would be good. from the look on eddies face he wasnt enjoying the majority of his experience......
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So is it a race to achieve the distance or a sightseeing jolly?
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master_chief

So is it a race to achieve the distance or a sightseeing jolly?



just a challenge really, night leisurely sight seeing but im sure on the off days there would be a little of that, id like to see sum things particularly in italy and greece but dont fancy inter rail when i feel i could just buy a bike and get there under my own steam lol

it would only be me, id probably go travelling if all my mates wernt tied up doing things or id been quicker off the mark to go with sum who have gone allready, im only considering it atm
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The average pace of a Tour DE France rider over the hole race is about 26mph. They are carrying no kit and change their gear ratios on the bike for different sections



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slamdunkin

The average pace of a Tour DE France rider over the hole race is about … The average pace of a Tour DE France rider over the hole race is about 26mph. They are carrying no kit and change their gear ratios on the bike for different sections



Take performance enhancing drugs too...
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slamdunkin

The average pace of a Tour DE France rider over the hole race is about … The average pace of a Tour DE France rider over the hole race is about 26mph. They are carrying no kit and change their gear ratios on the bike for different sections



they are riddiculously fit, but then they also scale the alps....
joeprosho

they are riddiculously fit, but then they also scale the alps....



but dont forget for every hill you climb.....the downhill section follows!!!
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probs looking at about 3months realistically and maybs a little more it seems, im wondering if there is a way of actually planning a road route though...
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whatsThePoint

he wasn't that fit to start with, on a bike you can easily do 20-25mph … he wasn't that fit to start with, on a bike you can easily do 20-25mph and still be at a leisurely paceif someone can do Land's End to John o' Groats in under 42 hours anything under 200 miles a day is taking it easy



oooh i like this attitude
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i think the biggest issue out of it all btw, is not whether i can keep up the pace, but whether my **** can handle sitting on the saddle
joeprosho

i think the biggest issue out of it all btw, is not whether i can keep up … i think the biggest issue out of it all btw, is not whether i can keep up the pace, but whether my **** can handle sitting on the saddle



if you do 200 miles in a day i can guarantee you wont be doing much sight seeing (or sitting without several cushions)
Well here is a log from a good cyclist who biked across the US. He did 4321 miles in about 9 1/2 weeks. HERE
GAVINLEWISHUKD

Well here is a log from a good cyclist who biked across the US. He did … Well here is a log from a good cyclist who biked across the US. He did 4321 miles in about 9 1/2 weeks. HERE



and by the looks of it, as you say, this guy is a very experienced rider.
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GAVINLEWISHUKD

Well here is a log from a good cyclist who biked across the US. He did … Well here is a log from a good cyclist who biked across the US. He did 4321 miles in about 9 1/2 weeks. HERE



very useful thankyou, i think my estimation in #25 would be about right then

shame i dont really have a clue about anything cycling related lol, suppose id need a touringbike, some of those storage things on the wheels, a little tent and a lot of supplies
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whatsThePoint

http://www.road-****/articles/average-speed.php"Average cycling speed - … http://www.road-****/articles/average-speed.php"Average cycling speed - indicationsBearing in mind all the provisos above, you still want to know 'average cycling speed? Hear are some general guidelines, all for solo riders on general 'mixed' terrain (ie rolling hills about 30% of the time, and pretty flat the rest of the time):Beginner, short distance (say 10-15 miles): average speed 12 mph. Most cyclists can achieve 10-12 mph average very quickly with limited training More experienced, short-medium distance (say 20-30 miles): average speed 15-16 mph Reasonable experience, medium (say 40 miles): average speed 16-19 mph Quite competent club rider, some regular training likely, medium-long distances (say 50-60 miles): 20-24 mph Many cyclists never get an average speed over 13-15 mph, don't worry about it, enjoy yourself. Plenty of cyclists can maintain 25+ mph over long distances, especially if conditions are flat or they are cycling in groups"LOL the word "bike" has been censured



im quite fit generally so id put myself in the middle classification, im sure i'd be a lot better by the end of it aswell, would suck getting puntures
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The amount of kit you have in your panniers and carry elsewhere on you or the bike will also make quite a lot of differance to any of the times quoted. You will also have down time with injury or repairs with no support team to do all your chores for you.
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anyone any estimations on the outlay of equipment before setting off? and then i suppose it would just be the cost of food and occasional lodging after that
My mate has just done 2000miles in america, I am happy to let you know what advice he can give / bikes, equipment etc....
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slamdunkin

The amount of kit you have in your panniers and carry elsewhere on you or … The amount of kit you have in your panniers and carry elsewhere on you or the bike will also make quite a lot of differance to any of the times quoted. You will also have down time with injury or repairs with no support team to do all your chores for you.



hmm i cant forsee and injuries on a bike, its not the most strenuous on your joints for instance.. but your right about repairs id need to get clued up
joeprosho

very useful thankyou, i think my estimation in #25 would be about right … very useful thankyou, i think my estimation in #25 would be about right thenshame i dont really have a clue about anything cycling related lol, suppose id need a touringbike, some of those storage things on the wheels, a little tent and a lot of supplies



Well its hard to say as never done that kind of mileage. The longest I have done is a 100km road race and took me just over 4 hours. I would class myself as quite fit and this was on a full road bike. The big question would be could I do it 2 days in a row? Probably but I'd be much slower, but a weeks worth nevermind 12. I do quite fancy cycling across the US but maybe just a dream in my head as not sure my body could take it.
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manc80

My mate has just done 2000miles in america, I am happy to let you know … My mate has just done 2000miles in america, I am happy to let you know what advice he can give / bikes, equipment etc....



aye certainly, anything appreciated, like i said im still in the speculating stages, but pressume id need a touring bike, panniers, a tent, and whatever clothing i was gna have but info on the type of stuff id need for maintenance be particularly good,

would i have to take a whole spare wheel for instance?
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slime inner tubes can be ****...much easier to just carry a couple of spares and repair by the tent in the evening.
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I reckon a very good knowledge of bikes would be a must, you'd need to be able to strip one and reassemble back to exact standards.
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A good multi tool with a chain breaker/joiner would be useful but wouldn't have everything you could end up needing like a pedal spanner for instance.
joeprosho

aye certainly, anything appreciated, like i said im still in the … aye certainly, anything appreciated, like i said im still in the speculating stages, but pressume id need a touring bike, panniers, a tent, and whatever clothing i was gna have but info on the type of stuff id need for maintenance be particularly good, would i have to take a whole spare wheel for instance?



At the moment you should be more worried about your bodies ability to cope and the food intake you are going to require to replace the calories used. I suggest you do 60 miles for a whole week and then see how you feel. 5000 miles is a mammoth task to undertake by anybodies standards.
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would be soo much easier i you could guarantee the bike wouldnt go wrong lol, have to learn how to change a spoke and fix a chain (i mean i can take one on and off, but actually repair links?)

think id defs go for a bike that looked like ass aswell so it wouldnt get knicked
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